Bill Kidd welcomes funding for local groups

Local MSP, Bill Kidd, has welcomed £12,500 worth of grants to charities based and working in his constituency from Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. Every year, the Foundation distributes just under £1 million through its Henry Duncan Awards programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities.

Grants have been awarded to:
•    Ignite Theatre to help meet the cost of employing an artistic director to work with disadvantaged young people (£4000)
•    Whiteinch Transformation to help pay the rent on the charity’s new premises (£4500)
•    Drumchapel Citizens Advice Bureau to help employ a part-time training officer (£4000)

Commenting, Bill Kidd MSP said:
“These awards show how Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland continues to be at the heart of funding local communities. I’m delighted all these grassroots charities based in my constituency are receiving grants to help support their great work with disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Many of the Henry Duncan grants go towards paying for existing staff and running costs, meaning they are a lifeline for local charities in this tough financial climate.”

Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, added “We renamed our standard grants programme as the Henry Duncan Awards because we wanted to honour this great Scot whose actions ultimately led to the establishment of the Foundation. Today, we remain focused on funding local charities which aim to improve the quality of life for people who are disadvantaged. This and every year, we put nearly £1 million of funding into Scotland’s communities. We are proud of the difference we make.”


1. For 30 years, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has contributed to improving the lives of disadvantaged individuals and communities all across Scotland. The Foundation has given out over £97 million in grants and made almost 14,000 awards to countless charities.  In 2014, the grant maker challenged itself to be bold and pioneering when devising a new strategy to help meet the ever-changing needs of Scottish communities.

2. The Foundation’s main grants programme, called the Henry Duncan Awards, is for grassroots charities working in local communities with people who are disadvantaged. It has six funding rounds per year and the next deadlines for applications are 23rd March and 18th May. At its February 2015 meeting, the Board of Trustees agreed to make 38 grant awards putting over £153,000 of funding into communities all over Scotland. More information about the work of the Foundation is available at www.ltsbfoundationforscotland.org.uk

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